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for the Southern 500
at Darlington Raceway


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QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
at approx 5:10pm/et
on Friday, May 8, 2009

  • 2008 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 179.442mph, finished 43rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle, May 2008, 179.442mph

  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 177.633mph, scheduled to qualify 23rd out of 45 drivers


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    • Kenseth on pole at Darlington: #17-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a Track Record lap of 179.514mph for his 1st pole of 2009 and 4th of his career and first in 125 races, last pole was at Kansas in Oct 2005. #24-Gordon will start 2nd, followed by #39-Newman, #77-Hornish Jr., #20-Logano, #31-Burton, #9-Kahne, #2-Busch, #99-Edwards and #47-Ambrose. #48-Jimmie Johnson wrecked on his first lap, will start 42nd [ties his worst starting spot, three other times] and have to run a backup car with no practice.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #13-Papis, #78-Smith, #71-Gilliland, #25-Keselowski, #36-Riggs and #09-Marlin.
      The two drivers who failed to qualify: #41-Mayfield and #82-Speed.(5-8-2009)


    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2009 at 5:10pm/et.
      TV: SPEED at 5:00pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
      Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
      #26-McMurray, 1st out to qualify, 176.422mph, starts 20th
      #16-Biffle, 3rd out, 177.646, starts 11th
      #39-Newman, 9th out, 178.757, starts 3rd
      #17-Kenseth, 12th out, 179.514, starts 1st NEW TRACK RECORD

    • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
      Fastest 7 get in, 8th [43rd] spot goes to most recent past champ not in the race already or 8th fastest
      [45 entered for 43 spots]:
      have qualified for the race:
      #13-Max Papis, 176.328
      #78-Regan Smith, 175.629
      #71-David Gilliland, 175.441
      #25-Brad Keselowski, 175.434
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 175.266
      #66-Dave Blaney, 175.247
      #36-Scott Riggs, 174.724
      #09-Sterling Marlin, 174.402
      will miss the race:
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 174.229
      #82-Scott Speed, 174.013

    • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
      #13-Max Papis (X), 176.328mph, starts 23rd
      #20-Joey Logano, 178.548mph, starts 5th
      #51-Dexter Bean (X), DNR
      #82-Scott Speed (X), 174.013, DNQ
      X = needs to race their way in to the race
      DNR = Did not race
      DNQ = Did not qualify for race

    • Some Qualifying Notes:
      #11-Hamlin wacked the wall going for the pole, but no serious damage. #98-Menard got into the turn 4 wall going to the white flag and it slowed him down. #43-Sorenson smacked the turn 3 wall hard, which slowed him down, but damage looks minimal. #48-Johnson got loose and backed into the outside wall hard, then came down and nosed in to the inside wall, the team will have to go to a backup car.

    • Practice Results:
      Practice Speeds Page


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      STARTING LINEUP

      Start
      Pos
      Car# Driver Manu
      Sponsor
      Qual
      Speed
      Qual
      Time
      1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 179.514 27.394
      2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 178.861 27.494
      3 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 178.757 27.510
      4 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 178.744 27.512
      5 20 Joey Logano # Toyota 178.549 27.542
      6 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 178.510 27.548
      7 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 178.407 27.564
      8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 178.400 27.565
      9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 178.019 27.624
      10 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 177.826 27.654
      11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 177.646 27.682
      12 5 Mark Martin Chevy 177.300 27.736
      13 07 Casey Mears Chevy 177.300 27.736
      14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 177.039 27.777
      15 6 David Ragan Ford 177.007 27.782
      16 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 176.911 27.797
      17 33 Clint Bowyer Chevy 176.892 27.800
      18 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 176.594 27.847
      19 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 176.555 27.853
      20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 176.422 27.874
      21 00 David Reutimann Toyota 176.347 27.886
      22 13 Max Papis # Toyota 176.328 27.889
      23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 176.264 27.899
      24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 176.130 27.920
      25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 176.050 27.933
      26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 175.981 27.944
      27 96 Bobby Labonte Ford 175.968 27.946
      28 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 175.735 27.983
      29 78 Regan Smith Chevy 175.629 28.000
      30 71 David Gilliland Chevy 175.441 28.030
      31 25 Brad Keselowski Chevy 175.434 28.031
      32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 175.266 28.058
      33 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 175.247 28.061
      34 12 David Stremme Dodge 175.053 28.092
      35 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 174.860 28.123
      36 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 174.773 28.137
      37 36 Scott Riggs Toyota 174.724 28.145
      38 44 A J Allmendinger Dodge 174.525 28.177
      39-OP 34 Tony Raines Chevy 173.847 28.287
      40-OP 98 Paul Menard Ford 173.088 28.411
      41-OP 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge 172.058 28.581
      42-OP 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 0.000 wrecked
      43 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge 174.402 28.197
      DNQ 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 174.229 28.225
      DNQ 82 Scott Speed # Toyota 174.013 28.260



      Qualifying is OVER

      QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

      THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

      Qualifying after 45 of 45 drivers:

      Pos Sched
      Qual
      Pos
      Actual
      Qual
      Pos
      Car# Driver Manu Qual
      Speed
      Qual
      Time
      (secs)
      Last
      Prac
      Speed
      Prac
      Speed
      Rank
      Diff
      Qual vs
      Prac
      Owners
      Point
      Rank
      1 12 12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 179.514 27.394 177.179 6 2.335 12
      2 23 23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 178.861 27.494 177.633 1 1.228 1
      3 9 9 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 178.757 27.510 176.682 14 2.075 10
      4 29 29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 178.744 27.512 177.019 10 1.725 30
      5 17 17 20 Joey Logano # Toyota 178.549 27.542 173.822 35 4.727 32
      6 25 25 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 178.510 27.548 177.608 2 0.902 7
      7 21 21 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 178.407 27.564 174.867 31 3.540 17
      8 10 10 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 178.400 27.565 175.987 22 2.413 2
      9 16 16 99 Carl Edwards Ford 178.019 27.624 173.705 36 4.314 9
      10 27 27 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 177.826 27.654 176.613 15 1.213 19
      11 3 3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 177.646 27.682 177.134 8 0.512 11
      12 33 33 5 Mark Martin Chevy 177.300 27.736 177.319 5 -0.019 15
      13 30 30 07 Casey Mears Chevy 177.300 27.736 176.441 17 0.859 20
      14 11 11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 177.039 27.777 177.039 9 0.000 5
      15 4 4 6 David Ragan Ford 177.007 27.782 175.334 24 1.673 26
      16 7 7 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 176.911 27.797 176.930 12 -0.019 21
      17 32 32 33 Clint Bowyer Chevy 176.892 27.800 175.228 26 1.664 8
      18 14 14 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 176.594 27.847 176.949 11 -0.355 3
      19 22 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 176.555 27.853 174.482 32 2.073 29
      20 1 1 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 176.422 27.874 176.536 16 -0.114 25
      21 28 28 00 David Reutimann Toyota 176.347 27.886 171.650 42 4.697 13
      22 43 43 13 Max Papis # Toyota 176.328 27.889 173.295 38 3.033 48-IN
      23 2 2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 176.264 27.899 177.371 4 -1.107 4
      24 19 19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 176.138 27.919 175.010 28 1.128 23
      25 26 26 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 176.050 27.933 176.239 19 -0.189 14
      26 18 18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 175.981 27.944 176.037 21 -0.056 18
      27 35 35 96 Bobby Labonte Ford 175.968 27.946 176.714 13 -0.746 31
      28 24 24 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 175.735 27.983 175.216 27 0.519 34
      29 45 45 78 Regan Smith Chevy 175.629 28.000 175.804 23 -0.175 40-IN
      30 42 42 71 David Gilliland Chevy 175.441 28.030 176.069 20 -0.628 37-IN
      31 44 44 25 Brad Keselowski Chevy 175.434 28.031 174.395 33 1.039 49-IN
      32 39 39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 175.266 28.058 174.985 29 0.281 39-IN
      33 41 41 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 175.247 28.061 172.741 40 2.506 44-IN
      34 8 8 12 David Stremme Dodge 175.053 28.092 172.299 41 2.754 27
      35 5 5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 174.860 28.123 177.134 7 -2.274 16
      36 13 13 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 174.773 28.137 170.543 44 4.230 24
      37 36 36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota 174.724 28.145 175.228 25 -0.504 42-IN
      38 20 20 44 A J Allmendinger Dodge 174.525 28.177 176.245 18 -1.720 28
      39 37 37 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge 174.402 28.197 174.885 30 -0.483 38-IN
      40 40 40 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 174.229 28.225 173.577 37 0.652 43-DNQ
      41 38 38 82 Scott Speed # Toyota 174.013 28.260 170.952 43 3.061 36-DNQ
      42 31 31 34 Tony Raines Chevy 173.847 28.287 174.296 34 -0.449 35
      43 6 6 98 Paul Menard Ford 173.088 28.411 173.100 39 -0.012 33
      44 15 15 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge 172.058 28.581 170.342 45 1.716 22
      45 34 34 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 0.000 wrecked 177.441 3 x 6


      a GREEN 'IN' means that team/driver have made the race, NOT in the top 35

      a RED 'DNQ' means that team/driver will miss the race, NOT in the top 35

      Last driver(s) to make an attempt in BLUE


      Qualifying Order:

      Darlington Raceway
      Southern 500
      Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 08, 2009 @ 10:14 AM Central

      Sched
      Qual
      Pos
      Car# Driver Manu Final
      Practice
      Speed
      Prac
      Speed
      Rank
      Owners
      Points
      Rank
      1 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 176.536 16 25
      2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 177.371 4 4
      3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 177.134 8 11
      4 6 David Ragan Ford 175.334 24 26
      5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 177.134 7 16
      6 98 Paul Menard Ford 173.100 39 33
      7 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 176.930 12 21
      8 12 David Stremme Dodge 172.299 41 27
      9 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 176.682 14 10
      10 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 175.987 22 2
      11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 177.039 9 5
      12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 177.179 6 12
      13 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 170.543 44 24
      14 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 176.949 11 3
      15 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge 170.342 45 22
      16 99 Carl Edwards Ford 173.705 36 9
      17 20 Joey Logano # Toyota 173.822 35 32
      18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 176.037 21 18
      19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 175.010 28 23
      20 44 A J Allmendinger Dodge 176.245 18 28
      21 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 174.867 31 17
      22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 174.482 32 29
      23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 177.633 1 1
      24 7 Robby Gordon Toyota 175.216 27 34
      25 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 177.608 2 7
      26 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 176.239 19 14
      27 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota 176.613 15 19
      28 00 David Reutimann Toyota 171.650 42 13
      29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 177.019 10 30
      30 07 Casey Mears Chevy 176.441 17 20
      31 34 Tony Raines Chevy 174.296 34 35
      32 33 Clint Bowyer Chevy 175.228 26 8
      33 5 Mark Martin Chevy 177.319 5 15
      34 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 177.441 3 6
      35 96 Bobby Labonte Ford 176.714 13 31
      Go-or-Go Homers
      not in Top 35 2008 Owners Ppoints
      Sched
      Qual
      Pos
      Car# Driver Manu Final
      Practice
      Speed
      Prac
      Speed
      Rank
      Owners
      Points
      Rank
      36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota 175.228 25 42
      37 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge 174.885 30 38
      38 82 Scott Speed # Toyota 170.952 43 36
      39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 174.985 29 39
      40 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 173.577 37 43
      41 66 Dave Blaney Toyota 172.741 40 44
      42 71 David Gilliland Chevy 176.069 20 37
      43 13 Max Papis # Toyota 173.295 38 48
      44 25 Brad Keselowski Chevy 174.395 33 49
      45 78 Regan Smith Chevy 175.804 23 40


      Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

      Drivers in MAROON will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35
      BUT has a past champions provisional available if needed, only one is used, so if there are two or more past champs
      the driver who has won the championship most recently, gets the spot.


      • After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
        #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [team does not have to attempt all the races]
        #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
        #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
        #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
        #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
        #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
        #7) - Qualifying Order Position
        (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

      • Race info at: Race Info Page

      • Event Entry List

      • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisional's allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
        This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.

      • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season)
        see my:
        2009 Sprint Cup Race Results
        2008 Sprint Cup Race Results
        2007 Nextel Cup Race Results
        2006 Nextel Cup Race Results
        2005 Nextel Cup Race Results
        2004 Nextel Cup Race Results


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